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Charles Green 

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CS Creen, Charles, 1^45- 

71 Green genealogy and general family history. 

.G79B Lyndon, Kansas, 1893. 

1893 UK p. 22 cm. 


1. Green family (Ezra Green, 1754-1824) 
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Bethlehem. Litchfield County, Coimdioiii, (754.4 

f-Reipsen, Oneida County, New York, 1824 

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Ezra Green, Born January 30, 1754, 

Amy Church Green, Born July 21, 1759. 

Their children wen;: 

Clarinda Green, Born Nov. 6, 1777, 

Lucy Green, Born Sept. 24, 1779, 

Theron Green, Born August 25, 1782, 

Betsey Green, Born May 21, 1784, 

Urana Green, Born Jany. 23, 1787, 

Sellick Green, Born Sept. 13, 1789, 

Sally Green, Born July 17, 1791, 

Charles Green, Born April 27, 1794, 

One son, Born March 6, 1796, 

Fzra Green, Jr., Born Oct. 21, 1797, 

Fleazer Green, Born May 16, 1800. 

Died only <» <t;iys old and not numbered. 






This family record of births is drawn from the family bible 

of E&ra Green, which is now in possession of his grand child, 
Eleazer Green,, Jamestown. i\. Y. Many 
valuable papers, letters, hooks, records, etc., belonging to 
Ezra Green's family, inherited by his son, Elea/er Green, 
with whom the parents lived in old age, at Remsen, were 
destroyed by lire which consumed the home of Broughton W. 
Green, at Harmony, Chautauqua count)', N Y., along about 
1885. And from correspondence with the above-named 
cousin, B. \Y. Green, eldest son of Eleazer Green, who in 
die same household lor iS years had the companionship and 
admonitions of his honored and respected grandmother, Ann- 
Church Green, wife of Ezra Green, I am indebted to for the 
most of this family history. Mrs. Urania Wooster Donovan, 
of South Lyon, Mich., another cousin, grand child of Lucy 
Green. Wooster, has interviewed her uncle, Samuel C. Woos- 
ter, who, a child of Lucy's, now 88 years old, remembers very 
much of his grand parents Ezra and Am)' Green. Matilda 
Plumb, born 1805, eldest daughter of Clarinda Green Miller, 
living- in July 1891 with her grandson,. G. H. I\ Gould, Lyon's 
balls, Lewis county, N. Y, has also contributed some recol- 
lections. Grove Winter Green, son of Theron Green, born 
at Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., 1808, is still alive at his home in 
Springfield. Ohio, aged 85; also (lis sister, Mary Green ln- 
gersoll. at the same place. With these elderly cousins to re- 
fer to, and very man)- old letters inherited from my father, 
El ias Green, Wakeman, Ohio, son of Charles Green, who 
settled in Milan, Ohio, 1833, I am constrained to offer you the 
following family history: 

Jacob Hoffner, of Cincinnati, O., who was yet alive, over 
90 years old, at last accounts, a man of broad views, love of 
Country, and considerable wealth* married as his first wife the 
late Sarah Canlield, daughter of Urana (ireen Can field, ol 
Litchfield, Conn. In their foreign travels these distinguished 
kinspeople looked up the old homesteads of the Churches and 
Greens in England. Absence ^i ;mv written data hinders 
any more mention ol 'the ancestry in Old England; Mr. lloll- 
ner, however, said to cousin B. W. Green that no belter 



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blood ever crossed the Atlantic than that of the Churches of 
Connecticut — among which was the family of Samuel Church, 
of Litchfield, who was the father of our grandmother. Amy 
Church, the youngest of nine children, born July 24, 1759. 
1 [er father built the lirst paper mill and manufactured the first 
writing paper in the state -a christian temperance man, who 
died at the earl)- age of 45 and lies buried in the Bethlehem 
church yard --Amy was but 17 months old Her eldest 
brother, Joshua, was a captain in the Revolutionary war. 
wounded and a cripple for life — -and his boys had birth-marks 
on their left shoulder blades similar to the scar on the la- 
ther's. Amy's mother remarried to a Mr. Bradley, but 46 
years later died , ml was buried beside her first husband. 

Of the ancestry of Ezra Green little is known, that 1 have 
been able to get hold of. Tradition says that early in 1700 
three brothers came over from England— one settling in 
New Jersey, one in Pennsylvania and Kzra's father in 'Con- 
necticut. ' Ezra is supposed to have been born near Bethle- 
hem, Litchfield county, Conn., Jany. 30, 1754. We ri ay 
conjecture the stirring times of his youth; the Stamp Act and 
the Tea Act of 1765-67 made things interesting those days 
in those New England towns, and lads of 16, while in those 
days occupying only the Lack seats at their public meetings, 
were growing into soldiers of '76, and we are not surprised 
to find him a soldier in the Continental arm)- under Col. 
Benj. I human (41I1 Kegt. Conn. Troops) ^marching in May 
and June 1775 Lo the rescue of the "( Ireen ^fountain Hoys,' 1 
and to save from recapture the important posts of 'I icondero- 
ga and Crown Point, on the northern frontier, while other 
companies of this same regiment went down to battle at Bun- 
ker Hill, I une 17th. There was much sickness in the army 
and as their term of service was only six months we find 
them coming home in November 1775. Again he enlisted 
under Capt. Smith in Col. I*. B. Bradley's regiment, in 1776. 
and served six months. This Baliallion was in Wadworth's 
Brigade and was employed in defence of the state especially, 
from invasion along the sound, ami some pi it even as far 
south as Bergen Heights and Jersey City. Ezra (ireen en- 
listed J une 23d. discharged Dec j8, 1776. Some lime this 
year, (1770) it is supposed, I'./ra (ireen and Amy Church 
were united ill the holy bonds ot wedlock, Bethlehem, Conn. 


In '77 Ezra Green did service for his country 5 weeks under 
Capt. Enos Hawley in Col. Moseleys regiment; in repelling 
some invasion, and at another time the same season was out 
a week to Danbury for service. As the Adjt. GenTs report 
C)f Connecticut men in the Revolution and war of 1812 speaks 
of some 50 Greens who used no fiiiale "e" one has to study 
carefully these records, as I found one Ezra Green, a serg't in 
Capt. Brown's company of Stanford, who enlisted March, 'jj 
for three years, and died Feb. 12, 1778. 1 also find by such 
researches that there was one Eleazer Green in that war, a 
drafted man who saw service several monts of 'y^ along the 
sound. This is supposed to be a brother of Kfcfa, as it is a 
family name. The Churches took a very active part in this 
war as in the war of 1812. This is not to be wondered at, as 
we find in our New England history one Capt. Bertji Church, 
born in Plymouth, 1639, and captain in the forces who cap- 
tured King Philip; distinguished for piety, valor and integ- 

Many anecdotes are preserved in tradition by our Green 
descendants, of those days of KL 'yb". Grandfather Ezra want- 
ed a breakfast one morning bad enough to pay $150 for it, 
and after he got home a yearling calf cost him $1 13- in Con- 
tinental money. 

When Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Oct, 1781, 
grandfather obtained of the Hessians two silver knee buckles 
and two silver shoe buckles and a horse pistol with a flint 
lock. Oth r war relics with these were preserved by the 
family for 50 years or more, and at the death of Grandmoth- 
er Amy were presented to her grandson, Broughton Green, 
then a young man of 18, who soon after lost them while re- 
moving to his father's new home in Western New York, none 
regretting it more than the custodian of the gifts. Journey- 
ing by means of the canal boat, one morning when the chest 
was found missing the boatman said that as they passed under 
alow bridge it had been smashed and swept off -into the wa- 
ters. How true this story was the)' could not stop to ascer- 
tain, but nothing was ever heard of the chest again with its 
valuable relics, While regretting the loss of these worldly 
effects, our ancestors left something that was more valuable 
to us than silver or gold— they left names of untarnished rep- 

any gfcat amount „| ' " disposit.on to- accumulate 

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Another good anecdote told of these Bethlehem days, of 
the n-ady wit ot our grandmother, who could joke and jest 
with the smartest. She and her oldest sons and daughters 
were going to meeting one Sunday, and meeting some one 
with a double team, the whiltletree caught the cutter box in 
such a way as to tear it all to pieces, leaving the running gear 
whole. She got her sheep skin and a blanket onto it and 
went on, but had not gone far before the)- met some of the 
village aristocracy going out lor a Sunday pleasure ride. One 
of them says, 'Therein Mother Green going to heaven on a 
sheep shin " As quick as thought the answer came: "I'd 
rather go to heaven on a sheep skin than to hell in a car- 
riage." The speaker was so taken aback that at the hrst ho- 
tel lie treated the part)-. Grandmother never wanted to hear 
an)- of descendants brag. She used to tell the story ol the 
qualities of the two dogs: "Brag and Holdfast." The nine- 
teen years that she lived after lizra, her husband, died gave 
her a chance to admonish many of her grandchildren, and 
she must have had a good many, as five of her own chil- 
dren lived around at convenient distance when she was X> 
years old. 

Grandmother (ireen was very punctual in attending church 
and all her girls were professors of religion all Methodists 
except Urana, who was a Baptist. Aunt Urana was the best 
versed in the bible of any in die family. She could repeat the 
bible from Genesis to Revelation. Grandmother could tell 
what book I was rending aloud Irom by reading two or lour 
verses, ami very often repeat the next few verses. Grand 
mother Green just before she died said she was to die 
and she talked as coolly and calmly as 1 ever heard her on any 
subject. Broughton Green says he stood by her bedside as 
she breathed her last, and her last words were, "Come blessed 
Jesus, why tarry so long." Her lite was an exemplary one. 
and I never heard oi any one but who- respected 'Mother 
(ireen." She was very ingenious with her needle, could knit 
our names in the wrists of our mittens, cut an ; make- boy, 
and mens clothing, make fishing lines for her grandchilien, 
and was a model housewife of that day and age. 1 he Greens 
of that day made good teachers (generally rather easy for 
ihrm to procure an education) and were law abiding people. 




We now come more particularly to the home life of Ezra 
(ireenat Remsen. In conversation with Betsey Green Hurl- 
but, of Centralia Nemaha county, Kansas, who was born in 
1S33, and as a girl of 9 or 10 years, remembers man)- things 
that Broughton didn't, 1 learn that Ezra Green, getting along 
in years now, 71 years old, had Eleazer, the youngest son, 
take tin: farm, and only 8 months before grandfather's death 
Eleazer married Sylvina Kent, who were- fellow towns peo- 
ple from Bethlehem, Conn. 1 do not think that Ezra was a 
hard working man here, lie filled a sort of a squire's office, 
did a little pettifogging and thus helped out die living. Cla- 
rinda and Lucy married off in 1800 and 1801 and it was the; 
custom for the young folks in those days to all push out and 
get into homes or employment of their own very early in life. 
The great inducements! of Western N. Y,, Western Reserve, 
Ohio and Southern Michigan induced the boys to go west aud 
I grow up with the countrx . 

Ezra Green died of heart disease. They were preparing to 
go out and grandmother was in an adjoining room; Sylvina, 
the only one in the room hearing a chair squeak, looked up 
and saw grandfather falling, rdie sprang to his assistance, 
but he had breathed his last. 

Cousin Samuel C. Wooster, son of Lucy Green Wooster, 
who knew the grandparents, says the Ezra Green was a Capt. 
in the war and afterwards drew a pension of $40 per month. 
1 can find no records to that effect, Another cousin says that 
he was a dratted man. 1 le may have been the third term of 
service, which was for state defense. 1 >ut 1 submit herewith 
the following: 

I ) K I ' A I { T M K N IP OF TU K I X T K K I ( ) R , 


Washington, I). C, December 7, 1WU. 

In reply to your letter of November 23rd., addressed to (lie Depart inenl. 
of the Interior, and referred to I his IJureau, yon will please llnd below a state- 
ment ot the military and family History of K7.n1 Green, a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, as contained in tbe anplical ion (01 pension, of bis widow, on file in Ibis 

f Sbe states in her declaration that her husband. K/.ra Green, enlisted in the 

spring of 1775, as ;i private in ('apt. David llinman's Company, Col. Benjamin 
[Human's llcgt... and served until November, 1 77o. Knlistcd under ('apt. 
Smith, in Col. Philip Uradley'H lte.jrt. in 17?f> and served nix mouths. In the 
suinuier of 1777, served at, I'eekskill, N. V., under,. Knos llawlev, in Col. 
Moseloy's lietfl,, lor live weeks. A Iso about, (he 2»th of A pril, 1777. he went I o 
Danbury under Captain llawley and remained about a week. 

ll is not stated in ;iny of the papers on lilt- that he was engaged in any l> u- 
H« lli« widow was granted a pension of tftT.tW per aimnni eomtnene'inK on 
the ttli hi March. itBI. Very Itespeeifully. 

Cll UtLKS It. (iKKKX, Esji., (iltKKX 15. II.U'M, 

Lyndon, Kansas. Commissioner. 

Eleazer Green built his dwelling house in Renisen about 
1823-24, and when he went to house keeping his father and 
mother moved at once, and lived with them. 1 asked Betsey 
G. Hurlbut to describe it. It was a large house, on the- 
ground at least 24x3b with an addition on the rear, perhaps 
18x24, which contained sink room, big brick bake oven, arch 
for soap making, woodshed, etc. The upright below was di- 
vided into about six rooms, with two stairways. The house 
faced east, and the family sitting- room was the southeast room 
and communicated through the stairway hall with grandmoth- 
er's room, which was on the south side of the house and had 
a chimney. Grandmother also had a clothes press up stairs, 
and toward the last some ol us girls assisted her in doing her 
sweeping. She always ate at the family table but received 
h< r company in her own room, and the children were careful 
not to intrude without permission. In those days children 
were neither seen or heard when the elders did their visiting 

Betsey said: "There was a big room up stairs with a fire- 
place in. The best stairs led up from a hall opening out the 
south door, which was the principal entrance, although 
a siilc: door, and they went across lots to Aunt Sally's 
from this door bather was a justice of the peace and usually 
perlormed the various ollices ol the law up stairs. When 1 
misbehaved at the table I had to go and sit on lower step of 
the back stairs in the room. 

liroughton says Kleazer and wife went to live with the 
grandparents and were to take care of them, pay the drbts 
and have the homestead, which was about forty acres with 
good house and barn. The original Kzra Green home site cut 
the hank of Cincinnati creek, is about 95 rods from the house 
father built, and where we were born, which was over the line 
in Remsen. We never had but one pair ol stairs in usi at a 
fiim*. The house was story and hall." 


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Therons girl, .Mary, when young, was at kemsen— per- 
haps she lived with her grandmother Amy. She had a new 

bonnet and it was trimmed or decorated with an artificial 
(lower. Grandmother took her to Steuben to quarterly 
meeting; as theywi re going into the love feast Sunday morn- 
ing grandmother presented her ticket and was about to take 
Mary Green (afterward Mrs. Ingersoll) into the love feast. 
The minister at the door said: •'Mother Green, you know the 
rules; that artificial can not go in, or the child can't with that 
on her bonnet." Grandmother took hold of it and tore it off 
and put it in her pocket. Mary was no Methodist after that' 
her first nice bonnet was ruined. This incident was told to 
Broughton by one who saw and heard the whole transaction, 
for it must have occurred jo or 80 years ago, and in the 
"forties" almost the same thing happened to one of Lleazer's 
girls, in their new home in Western New York. 

Clarinda Green married James Miller in 1800 He was a 
carpenter, but finally became a local preacher in the M. L. 
church ami was ordained at Westmoreland, Oneida county, 
lie was quite an extensive farmer before his death. She had 
three children, two daughter and a son. Matilda, born July 
1 1, 1805, Betsey and James Miller. The first married Lleazer 
Plumb; Betsey married Mr. Allen. Matilda, solar as 1 know, 
is still alive, aged 88 and beholds around her sons and daugh- 
ters of the 5th generation from Ezra Green, and her great 
grandchildren'. 1 believe her home is with a grandson, G. II. 
P. Gould, Lyon's Falls. Lewis count)-, N. Y.. where; many of 
Ezra Greens descendants live. Phis county adjoins Oneida 
on the .north. Referring to Cousin Amy C. Phelps' letter, 
written in 1841, two years' before grandmother's death, she 
thus speaks of this family: "Uncle Miller's family visited us 
last winter, Matilda. Betsey and James. Aunt Clarinda died 
last summer; (1840) Uncle Miller was married last Nq vein ber, 
I think, and Cousin James was married in March." (1841). 

As Matilda is now 36 years old, we may imagine that her 
daughter, Mary Plumb, might be old enough to slyly look at 
Mr. Gould, and it is reserved for some other historian to fol- 
low out all the generations of this Clarinda Green Miller lam- 

1 he second child in order of Ezra and Amy Green's family 

was Lucy, who married the next year after Clarinda, viz: 
Sept. 13,1801. age 22 — born, married and died in the month 
September. She married Amos Wooster. who was a native 
of the adjoining county, Herkimer; a farmer, who died in '41. 
They had two children, Alpheus and Samuel C. Wooster. 
Alpheus was born May 19, 1803, in the town of Russia, •Her- 
kimer count)', N. Y. Samuel was born two years later and is 
alive yet, aged - s 8 years near the Wooster relatives in Mich. 
Aunt Lucy, Alpheus' mother died there in New York, St-pt. 
13, 1820, at the early age of 41 ; but her husband some years 
later, in 1834, moved with his son Alpheus to near Ann Ar- 
bor, Mich; Alpheus had strayed off to Monroe countv. New 
York, in the neighborhood of his uncle Charles Green, and at 
the town of Greece, married Mrs. Margaret Hoover, a Scotch 
lady, the year after Charles Green moved to Milan. Ohio. 
and the year before the Woosters moved to Michigan. Al- 
pheus chose him out a good home 38 miles west of Detroit, 
and in a letter to his Uncle Eleazer, back at Remsen, in the; 
old homestead in 1841. mentions the death of his father, 
Amos Wooster, and wishes to know the dates of his mother, 
Lucy's, birth and death. Lleaser is quite busy and neglects 
answering this letter, several months elapse and Grandmother 
Amy, who is now 82 years old, prevails on Cousin Am)- C. 
Thelps to write the family letter, and it is such a good one 
lhat I give a copy ol it to the readers. The original is in the 
possession of Urania Wooster 1 )onovan, youngest daughter 
o! Alpheus, born in 1845, wno * s living 15 miles from the old 
homestead at South Lyon, Oakland count)', Mich, a lad)' 
much interested in this Lzra Green family history. 

There are other branches of this Wooster f amity living 
there in Michigan. 

Alpheus died July 24, 1871. and his wife, after living four 
years ».n the old farm alone, went to live with Urania, with 
whom she lived 15 years, dying in 1890, aged 86 years. 

We now come to Theron Green, the oldest boy. Although 
two of his children. Grove Winter Green ami Mary Green In- 
gersoll, are yet alive in good old age, at Springfield, O., I 
have not been able in correspondence to draw out much 
family history about Theron, the father. 1 infer thai he grew 
up, married, went to Sacketts Harbor, which is 011 Lake ( )u- 


tario, north oi kemsen, and the two children, Mary and 
drove were born in the years 1806 and 1808 that the family 
moved about considerable, and for some reason broke up 
when Grove was seven years old, and he was not living- at 
home any more until he was 16. 1 do not know when Ther- 
011 died. Of Grove Green's family and history see further on. 

Betsey Green, the fourth child born in 1784, married Bo- 
han Smith, of Kemsen, and lived near home. My father, 
Eli as Green, visited some of the cousins of this family. Aug., 
1850, perhaps he visited them in years before; I remember 
very well his being absent from home this particular time, as 
1. a boy 1 1 years old, had to water the stock during the 
drouth while he was gone, out of a deep well, with hook and 
pail, and my mother went along' to see that I didn't fall in. 
So, you see, dear friends, that we sometimes get impressions 
of family visits very early in life. My father made some 
notes of names of cousins in the several families in his mem- 
orandum book; and in a letter home to mother, writing from 
Trenton halls, says: "1 have had a good visit with my uncles, 
aunts and cousins, and although 1 have spent but little time 
with them, 1 have enjoyed it and found them all well." Of 
the cousins in Aunt Bestey's family, he says Monora married 
Kvan Owens. 1 lind in later notes, the word "'dead'' marked. 
Urana Smith married Mitchell, of Copenhagen ; James Smith 
lived at Turin; Alsau ena married John Owens, of Kemsen, 
and Lucy married Wells, ol Copenhagen. Now, it is very 
easy to record these lacts, but were 1 acquainted at Kemsen, 
undoubtedly man) pages might be filled with the events of 
the life of this family and their descendants. I don't know 
when Aunt Betsey died. 

1 find that there was not much intercourse between the 
cousins of New York and those of the "Far West,'' as Amy 
Phelps expressed it in her letter 50 years ago. The family 
name is kept up by naming- the girls Urana and' Lucy, in 
18S4 Mrs. P. Owen, a gran 1 daughter of Betsey Green Smith 
of Utica, visits the Lucy Woostcr branch of the family in 
Michigan, as did Uncle Klea/er. 

In 1850 lv.ra's daughter Josephine Green, in correspond- 
ence with Hlias Green, of Ohio, says: "Aunt Betsey's health 
is very poor this summer— not expected to live — drops)' of 


the lungs will carry her to the grave." 

The Urana Canfield branch of Ezra Green's family I know 
more about, as it was my fortune during the war of the Re- 
bellion, when a wounded soldier, sent from the battlefield of 
Chicamauga to the Ohio hospital at Cincinnati, to be enter- 
tained in the families otiMrs. Sarah Hoffner and James W. 
Canfield in that city. Whether the)' then were the only two 
children of : Urana Green Canfield living, I don't remember, but 
1 find in a letter to me from Jacob Hoffner, during the war, 
that, "Mrs. 11. (Sarah) has three sisters and each one has an 
only son, and all three are in the war for three years; none 
hurt yet." (1862.) That, "Cynthia Munson's (Mrs. H's.' niece) 
mother lives in Connecticut and has a brother in the army un- 
der Burnside." Then again in 1864 Mr. Hoffner, who was 
heart, soul and purse for the Union, writes: "I went the other 
day to Harper's Ferry for U wight Kilbourn, my wife's nephew, 
who was wounded, and took him home to Connecticut, where 
1 left my wife with him while I hurried home to vote." Mr. 
Canfield was a merchant there in Cincinnati. I never heard 
him speak of his father or mother. Mrs. Hoffner talked with 
me some but 1 made no notes as 1 was a stranger and engross- 
ed with soldier life. 1 regret it much, for she u as so kind. 
That was the last time 1 ever saw her, for soon after the close 
of the war, 1866, when on a pleasure voyage down the Miss- 
issippi river the boat blew up and she was never seen more. 
.As she was then 59 years old and was born at Litchlield, 
Conn., 1 infer that Urana Green must have married and moved 
back to Connecticut from Kemsen. ^. 

1 correct a mistake made in my introduction by sayingSa- 
rah was the fust wife Mr. Hoffner married her as his second 
wife, and after her death married a third time. 

There is so much in the character of the Hoffncrs to ad- 
mire that 1 will devote a paj^e to them further on. 

Schick, the tfih child and second son, born Sept. 13, 1789, 
had the most numerous family of any of Ezra Green's children. 
Ail dead in 1891 but Earl Bill, "Doc" they called him. Sel- 
lick married Fanny Fowler and settled down round home; 
three of his children, however, settled 50 miles away in Lewis 
and Jefferson counties. The names of the children ol Schick 
come about thus: Charles, George, John, Caleb, one girl, 


Maria, Wells H. and Doctor Earl Bill. A son of Charles, 
by. name E. P. Green, lives in Minneapolis. As with other 
Remsen families, beirig unacquainted 1 have little to write. 
Father has left little record of them audit is so difficult to get 
satisfaction from correspondence- that 1 have avoided it so 
hen 1 is an open field for family genealogists. 

The Sail)' Green Phelps family live around Remsen. When 
Aunt Sally married Harvey Phelps J do not know. My lath- 
er visited Aunt Sally in 1856, at Denmark Lewis county, N. 
V. Her children, undoubtedly man)' of them married then, 
Were, Harry, Amy C. who married Morgan, Chandlcy L., 
Elizabeth, who married Wheeler, and Nathan Phelps, five in 
number. I think Broughton Green said all were yet alive in 
1891. Cousin Betsy Hurlbut told me considerable about 
these relatives, and desiring to know more of their genealogy 
I addressed a letter of inquiry to one of them, which was nev- 
er acknowledged. But though strangers, my heart warms 
toward them when I read a 50 year old letter written b\ Amy 
C, though only a girl, at tin; request of her grandmother, 
and undoubtedly she is, it alive, a worth)' namesake of our 
grandmother Amy Church Green. And 1 trust that our 
daughters, as the)' become mothers in homes of their own, 
will see to it that there are more Amys. 1 am told that Amy 
C. Phelps was a successful teacher, ami that Chandlcy E. 
Phelps ably represented this count) instate offices at Albany ; 
and of the later generation ol Phelps's, 1 have heard there 
were two who went out in the late; war and fought for the 
Union. Aunt Sally Phelps lived on a farm but Harvey, the 
husband run a saw will on Cincinnati creek. They lived on- 
ly about a quarter of a mile from Elea/er Green's. Mr. 
Phelps died before the recollection of Cousin Betsy. One 
Sunday they found their cow dead; next Sunday the horse 
was found dead. The loss ol these animals in those 'days 
meant a great deal to such pioneer families. The lather 
seemed to have a presentment of his coming death in some 
manner, for he spoke of it in class meeting about this time. 
The next Sunday morning he slid down from the mow in the 
barn onto the upturned tines of the fork and died, leaving a 
large circle to mourn the loss ol this good man, and a widow 
with a family ol children to struggle upward in life. 

My grandfather, Charles Green, was born at Steuben, in 
'94. 1 think left home as early as the age of twenty to go 
further west. The Erie canal project was being put through 
in those days ami lots of young men went west to newer 
countries. Charles stopped in the country around Living- 
stone and Ontario counties, and learned or followed the trade 
of cloth manufacturer James Perritt, my grandmother's 
youngest brother; yet alive at the advanced age of 81, says 
when quite young he went to their house (for Charles was 
married to Electa Perrin in 1818) and found Charles Green 
owned a carding machine for wool and followed cloth dress- 
ing, on Henry creek, Bloomfield. Some years later he went 
onto a farm two miles west of Allen's Mills, afterward Roch- 
ester. James Perrin chopped wood for them in the winter 
and drove canal horses in the summer. For some reason 
grandfather had a craxy spell, when his wife had to take 
charge of the business, trade off the farm, give an acceptable 
title, trade two carding machines and make the preparations 
fur the move to Milan, Ohio, in 1X32-33. Grove Green also 
made it convenient to come and spend a season with his Uncle 
Charles at West Bloomfield. working in the clothier shop in 
the summer and going to school in the winter That was be- 
fore Grandfather Ezra died, probably F823, as Grove said 
that Elias could not talk plain, From here Grove footed it 
10 Buffalo and learned his trade. My father, Elias, once told 
me that he used to go to Mien's Mills with the grist of corn 
when he was 10 or 12 years old, and there were but two or 
three houses there then, with plenty of squirrels jumping around 
on the trees. This was the beginning of the city of Roches- 
ter and my grandparents' little farm, now a part of the city, 
would have made diem worth thousands if they had stayed on 
it. My father saw Sam Patch make his fatal leap near the 
falls, from a great height, My grandmother seems to have 
been a woman similar to Grandmother Amy, competent to do 
any business or travel alone. Six children were born to them 
around Bloomfield; one died as they were about to start for 
Ohio, and ai Milan the)' buried another; but sOme years later 
lames l\ Green was born, so that live grew up to manhood. 
I dci not know the attraction at Milan, ( ). They moved there 
in the winter of (833, in a wagon, and I have heard my father 


tell some of their trials which are usually found in a new coun- 
try. One thing that they appreciated there was the seminary 
at Milan, which enabled all the boys (for there were no girls 
born in this family, ) to got good educations, borne of the 
New York relatives came to visit and enjoy terms of school 
here also. 

The Perrins came originally from Connecticut to Monroe 
county, N. Y. Their published genealogy shows that John 
Perryn came to Braintree, Mass., August, 1635, and that 
Electa was of the 7th generation, being a daughter of Jacob 
Pern'n, one of the family of brothers who settled Perrinton, 
New York, in 1789. 

As Electa was next to the oldest of a large family, and hav- 
ing lived near her people some years after marriage, we find 
that the Perrins emigrated to the west, into Southern Michi- 
gan, and there was every year more or less intercourse be- 
tween the New York, Ohio and Michigan families; one cous- 
in in particular, who is well advanced in years, L. Maritta 
Goff Morrel, making us sucli pleasant visits every year or 
two. In the year when the cholera was so bad through the 
north, I think 1832, our folks lived near Rochester, and fa- 
ther, though only 12, worked for a rich man, getting a hand- 
some remuneration. Grandfather Charles Green was a good 
manager and never left a debt when he died. Mis mother, 
Amy Church Green, came out and stayed with them at Milan. 
While she was there they had family prayers. Perhaps it was 
in those days that he cut and hauled off wood and sold at 7^ 
cents per cord for four foot length enough to buy the old- 
fashioned leather bound family bible which 1 inherited, and 
which contains their family record He was quick tempered 
and would knock his children right down with a board or 
any thing if they didn't obey, but my mother, who lived be- 
side? them, says, "he was a real good, sociable man, and she 
liked him ever so much, and felt real bad about his sad death'' 
which occurred March '3*, 1S53, aged 59 years, by his own 
hand. Grandmother Electa followed two years lat« r, and 
with Ransom and Chauncey, two of their children, are sleep- 
ing in the old neighborhood burying ground three miles east 
of Milan. Thi'ir children are all dead. Ezra, a young man, 
went to seek his fortune away west in Illinois in 1844, and 


getting an opportunity to go clown to Louisiana to work as a 
carpenter, and died there, 1845, among strangers. 

Chauncey married and as a physician sought a home in 
Minnesota, but alter the death of his wife returned to Ohio 
and died in 1861 of consumption, leaving a second wife ami 
four children. 

Ciiauncev's Family Record: — Chauncey born June 28, 
1824, probably at West Bloomfield, Ontario county, \. Y. 
Married Marettie 1 lumphrey, who lived near Wellington, Ohio, 
1848. Electa Green, born January 14. 1850. Ella M. Green 
born January 14, 1853; Fanny Lena Green, born September 
19. 1857. 

Electa married H. L. Swain, of Minneapolis. Minnesota. 
Ella married Everett Hull, of Oberlin, died in Toledo, Sep- 
tember 25, 1886, leaving two children. Fanny died May [3, 
1878, a young lady. Their mother died when Fanny vva 
seven months old. May 19, 1858. Her parents lived besid 
them in Minnesota. 

After Chauncey came back to Ohio he married Sophia Day 
in 1859. Her parents lived near Oberlin and could trace 
their family genealogy back to Pilgrim days. Chauncey set- 
tled and practiced medicine at Birmingham, a few miles from 
Milan, O. A son. Charles Alexis Green, was born to them at 
Birmingham, Ohio. Dec. 31, i860. 

The father died the next year, Oct. 25, 1 86 1, aged 37 years, 
3 months and 27 days. 

Charles A. is a leading mechanic and a young man of 

great inventive genius, at Fort Myers, Lee county,' Florida 

unmarried. Electa had three children: Klla M Swain, Chas. 
L. Swain, and 1 Iobart A. Swain Ella is married to Clarence 
Ashworth, of Minneapolis, and his one five year old boy. 

James 1\ learned the machinest trade, went west of the 
Mississippi, served in the U. S Gunboat Service during the 
war, married and settled at Kansas City, where he made and 
lost a fifty thousand dollar fortune in live years; but nothing 
daunted went to Colorado and rose ami fell again; and was 
on a fair road to wealth the third time, in Texas, when he was 
stricken down by typhoid fever in 1875. 

1 lis wife died several years later. Willie H. Green, born 
about i860, is married and settled down as an engineer on the 


Texas Pacific R. R., Marshal, Texas. He, like his lather, is 
k good machinist. Annie was born in 1866, married John 
Hull, 1883, lived with her husband six years, in Texas, divorc- 
ed from him because of shiftlessness, and is supporting herself 
at Galveston at last accounts. She goes by the name of Gra- 
ham. Aimee attended school at Norwalk, Ohio, livirig in 
Carlos Green's family, but was recalled home by her moth- 
er's death. James V. Green died September 27, 1875, aged 
37 years, 9 months and 17 days. 

A little son jimmy, who was about five years old and had 
to goon crutches, died 2 years after the father. Two children are 
living. This uncle furnished certain material for 100 miles of 
the Union Pacific in its building, 1867; also interested in the 
building of the Santa Fe system and other operations in which 
machinery figured and genius was required. We see here 
three stricken down before they attained middle age. 

Klias was the oldest, born May 22, 1820, near West 
Bloomlield, Ontario and Living-stone counties, New York. 
He was well advanced in his studies, being learned in the 
languages and familiar with the classics. He was a writer of 
"prose," a composer of "blank verse" and a contributor to sev- 
eral newspapers and journals. He delighted in music. It is 
interesting to look over his school records of 14 terms taught 
around Milan, Berlin and other places convenient. 1 le found the 
avocation of a fanner the pleasantest; marrying Mar) Ann 
Shelton, whose people were from Connecticut, they settled 
down in Huron count)' at Wakeman and Clarkstield, an i ten 
children were born to them, eight of which are living at the 
present time, having each homes or families of their own. 
The grandfather, Charles, honored his own father. Iizra 
Green, by naming one of his boys Ezra, klias honored his 
ancestors by two family names, Ezra and Charles, among his 
live boys, and it is expected that the son lately born into Ez- 
ra's family will have that time honored name for his; so that 
there shall be at least onv fc*ra Green in every generation 
of the; Ohio branch. 

Charles R. Green, the author of this history., does not care 
to write of himself more than to say that he shed blood on 
Southern battlefields for the maintenance of the Union, and 
that he held a surveyor's chain across the continent for the 

second trans-continental railway line; that he married Flavia 
Harbour, a Connecticut born girl, for his first wife, who died 
at Lyndon, Kansas, leaving- six motherless children, and after 
five years he 11 arried Annie Kring, of Kansas, and that he 
was born in 1845. Elias Green lived until his Oist year, dy- 
ing at Wakeman. Ohio, of pneumonia, March 12, 1881. The 
mother and all the family except Charles live around there. Elias 
and Carlos were known to many of the cousins at Remsen. as 
the former made at least two visits there in his lifetime. 

Carlos from the first always had a love for sailing the lakes. 
Although having the old homestead and afterwards other hne 
farms around Milan, he liked to go west and help James in 
his operations, and after James' death he became interested in 
railroad building down in Central America, where he went 
and returned two or three times, enjoying good health there, 
but finally leaving home in the fall of 1884 with a companion, 
he took down sick with the yellow fever as he passed through 
New Orleans and died two or three days later on the ship and 
was buried at sea, aged 59, No sons lived in his family. 
Aunt Alice and two married daughters with families live at 
Nor walk. 

Josephine, the oldest daughter, born May 22, 185 1; mar- 
ried Richard Webster in 1868. He was from Connecticut. A 
son, Carlos Green Webster, was born to them February 20, 
1872. They live at Norwalk, Ohio. Catharine (or Katie) 
born October 2. 1862, married Clayton Rood, of Norwalk, 
< mio. 1881. Her mother lives with her, or at least they live 
together on a nice little farm two miles east of Hast Norwalk. 

The)' have a son 12 years old: Harry Green Rood. 

This uncle was a very sociable man and a good 
manager on the farm. I have lived in the family, and it was 
Carlos who taught me the first wheat to sow broadcast in 

Now, good kinspeople of other branches of the Kzra Green 
family, pardon this unusual length) sketch of Charles preen 
and his descendants. Outside the fact of being well acquaint- 
ed with their history, and having written only a synopsis of it, 
1 expect to gel the principal part of the means lor the publish- 
ing of 1 this pamphlet from them. And in conclusion will say 
that there are about 41 descendants of the Charles Green 


branch alive to-day, and a list will be found on an appendix 
page hereafter. 

Family Record of Elias Green. 

Ei. ias Greek, Born May 22, 1820. 

Mary Ann Siiei.ton, Horn March 10, 1826, 

They were married November 20, 1844. 


Charles Ransley Green. Uorji Now 8, 1845, at Milan. Ohio, 

Helena A. Green, born March 30, 1848^11 Wakeinfan, Ohio, 

Julia Aklaretta Green, born Sept. 5, 1850, at 

Hepsie Elizabeth Green, born April 2 1 , 1852, at " 

I )avid Elias Green, "born Nov. 24, 1853, at 

Gersham Shelton Green, born Nov. 5; 1859, at E. Clarksfield, 

Ezra Lincoln Green, born Nov. 30, 1861, at 1. Clarksfield, O. 

Mary Ann Green. born Jul)' 15, 1863, at " 

Bessie Henretta Green, born Dec. 12, 1866, at 

Carlos Henry Green, born May 15, 1868, at E, 

Helena died June 10, 1850. of cancer in the eye. 

Aldadied April 19, 187c;, at Akron, Ohio, of quick con- 
sumption, Hired 29. 

The girls married: 

Hepsie— Will Morriss, 1880, lives in East Clarksfield, has 
no children of her own, but took her brother Charles' young- 
est chiKl, Maurice E. 1) Green, to bring up. 

Bessie — Mathew Delamater, in 1885, W'akcman, Ohio, and 
has three children 

Mar)' — Married Emerson Eletcher, (born Oct. 10, 1864,) 
Eebruary 23, 1887, W'akcman, Ohio, two children: Hat tie 
Winifred, born Feb. 12, 1889, and Myron Elbert, Aug io, '91. 

Ezra Green Jr., born in '97, was the 9th child. He setded 
near home, marrying Millie — — . Ezra died October 1873, 
but Millie, his wife, was yet alive at last accounts, aged 93. 
She was the mother of seven children, lice ol which are mar- 
ried daughters, living in Trenton. My lather always enjoyed 
his Uncle Ezra's society, and, although 1 do not recollect any- 
thing he said after visiting there, 1850, he kept up a corres- 
pondence with one of the girls, his cousin Josephine, for some 
years. It was my fortune* to meet the eldest son of Ezra, 
Henry S. Green, at his home in St. Louis in [868, but was 

he, e but an hour or so. He is now dead, as is his wife, and 
they left no children. Harvey Green, another son. living 
around Oneida county somewhere, lam unable to sneak of 
At the date ot this writing 1 am sorry to have so little informa- 
tion i of this family, in which, I am told, there are many grand- 
children. I his anecdote is related by a niece, of some of 
fc.zras and Lleazers doings when young men. Sylvina Kent 
shed her smiles on several beaux; one wintry night when out 
si. igh ridmg with one. Kleazer and Ezra Green placed rails 
in the track at the bottom of a hill they had to come down so 
that Sylvina doubtless got jogged, but Kleazer got her for a 
companion in the end. 

Of Kleazer, the youngest in the family, much can be writ- 
ten He it was who lor so many years cared for our Grand- 
mother Amy, who after the father's death in 1825, became the 
head of the family and kept up the honor of the Greens in die 
old homestead. Who made the trip back to the old Connect- 
icut home m search of evidence to establish the claim of his 
mother for a pension from the government, as a widow of a 
Revolutionary soldier, which was -ranted to her in 1831 as 
shown on preceding pages. Kleazer was born in the town 
of Steuben in 1800. Some of the sisters married off about 
this year. lie married Sylvina Kent. January 11. 1824 
several months before Grandfather Kzra's death. 

I he Rents were people of sterling integrity, whose ances- 
tors had come from Wales and France to the New Kng| " 
shore, and Sylvina's mother and our Grand mother Amy 
Church, back at Litchfield, when little -iris, used to eat ap- 
ples together under a certain line apple tree, and we do not 
wonder that the families are united by marriage. Eva Hurl- 
but Carpenter, a grandaughter of Kleazer, showed me a piece 
<)! bed curtain tapestry woven by the great grandmother back 
in k ranee, doubtless 150 years old now. 

hle.ixer taught school in 1818-20, and was very successful. 
Doubtless there may be those living around Kemsen who went 
10 him in those days long ago. lie was named and educated 
lor a minister, but never made a profession of religion, and 
never preached except as a school teacher or by exam- 
ple.' Kleazer seems to have kept up intercourse- with the 
western members ol his father's family, and his daughter So- 

phia must have spent a season with her Uncle Charles at Mi- 
lan, Ohio, as she afterward married Geo W. Smith, of that 
place. In some old letters I believe is an account of Eleazer's 
visit in late years to the Wooster branch in Michigan. I was 
quite interested in his daughter Betsy's account ol the removal 
from Remsen to their new home in Chautauqua count)," west- 
ern N. Y. John Kent, a brother of Sylvina, had previously 
settled there, and Sophia was there already I think the 
move was made in the fall of 1847. broughton W., the old- 
est son, had become a successful teacher for that nay, although 
only 22 years old, and did not make a final departure from 
Remsen until two years later. The household goods were 
hauled to Rome, where they went by way of the canal to 
Buffalo and thence by wagon to Harmony. Betsy remem- 
bers this ride very well as she was 13 or 14, and as Eleazer, 
the two-year-old baby, occupied the mother's full attention. 
Betsy had to attend to William, who was five, and as they 
went along the lake shore from Buffalo in a stage, often it 
would mire down and the folks would have to walk, so that 
Betsy had a hard job carrying the boy, William died young, 
from the effects ol the bite of a dog. Eleazer, the baby, 
young as he was, was determined not to leave the Remsen 
home. Whenever he could, he would turn back along the 
road to Rome, and even on the canal boat and stage had to 
be watched. 

Betsy also remembers when a girl live or six years old 
bringing home apronslull of sweet apples from a certain or- 
chard planted years before by Grandfather Ezra. It was on 
some adjoining farm that seems to have been lost, as in the 
family talk between Aunt Sally Phelps and lather, a certain 
lot. known as the "Dodge lot," west or southwest of the house 
a hall mile more or less, a level lot, quite tree oi stone, seemed 
to be called into question, and sometimes farmed by one and 
another of the family. 

Eleazer filled man)' offices of trust in the township, such as 
town clerk, commissioner and inspector of schools, assessor, 
road overseer, constable and collector, but was never a justice 
of the peace as stated in the former pa^es, and while the 
S(|iiare room up stairs in tin- house plan given might have 
been used lor papers, town records, etc., Broughton thinks it 

never was used as an office. The house underwent a remod- 
eling- which is hard to understand. Eleazer was very forward 
in all educational matters, taking after his Grandmother 
Church Green, whose kinspeople were manufacturers, build- 
ers, lawyers and jurists. 

Family Record of Eleazer Green. 

Eleazer Green, born in town of Steuben, May 16, 1800, 

Svlvina Kent, born in town of Remsen, July 27, 1807, 

Married January 1 1, 1824. Their children were: 
Broughton White Green, born May 24, 1825, at Remsen. 
Sophia Burchard Green, born April 12, 1827 at 
Betsy Smith Green, born July 18. 1833, at 

Amy Church Green, born May 14, 1839, at v * 

William Eleazer Green, born July 5, 1843, at 

Eleazer Green Jr.. born March 16, 1846, at 

Sophia B. married Geo. W. Smith, Milan, Ohio; had three 
boys and died (no date given). Eleazer Smith, one of her 
sons, married Broughton's daughter Sylvina and lives at 
Eindlay. Ohio (3ne of the other sons lives at Cresco, Mich. 
The other at Belvidere, 111. The father, Geo. Smith, is dead. 

Betsy S. married Elias Hurlbut, (born in the town of Har- 
mon)', N. Y.; March 1, 1834), June 16, 1857, and after living 
a few years in Chautauqua comity, was obliged to re 1 love to 
Kansas lor her health. The)' had one daughter. I 1, born 
June 7, 1858, who recollects her grandparents, Eh er and 
Sylvina very well. She was married to Worth O. Carpenter, 
December 5, 1886, in Centralia^ Kansas, and has a daughter 
Ethel, born February 7, 1888. I visited the home of these 
cousins in the winter of 1892, and was shown man)' olden 
time relics, and heard much history that space forbids my 

Amy C. married A. C. Palmer, of Jamestown, N. V., and 
has three children, the oldest a girl; the second a boy who 
from congestion of the brain is not well. The third, Ered B. 
Palmer, will soon be a graduate ol the Alleghany college. 

Eleazer received a common English education and after- 
wards a law course, and is successful both in business anil 
profession; marrying Mar)- Brown and settling down near 
home at Jamestown, N. Y., to practice law. The) have tliree 


children, lid ward J Green, a talented young man of iS; lilla 
17; and Clara L., 14. It was the Hleazer of this generation 
that Mr. Hoffner wanted to take and educate and have for a 
child of his own and an heir to his wealth, in 1861. But the 
father, Klea/er. did not care to spare one of his family. 

Broughton W., the oldest of Eleazer's family, now 68 years 
old, seems to be the last to be written about. He has been 
very willing to gather and send me family history of every 
one except himself. He was married to Alvira Carpenter 
May j, 1849 about the year he left Remsen to join has father 
in western New York. He seems to have settled near there, 
at Busti, as a farmer, and has told me that all five of his chil- 
dren were born there and that the mother, Alvira, died then- 
— no date given. 

The names of Broughton's children are: Wesley B., Mary 
E., Martha A.. Sylvina Annis and William Hleazer. 

Wesley 11 Green is a successful railroad official on the 
Northern Union Pacific in Montana, and has four children. 
Mary is married and has five children. She lives at Busti. N. 
Y,, but 1 don't know her name. 

Martha has been married twice. By the first husband, who 
is dead, she has three living children, anil one daughter by 
her present husband. Their home is at Busti. 

Sylvina married Hleazer Smith, Hindlay. ().. and has one hoy. 

William Hleazer is also in die west. lie married a young 
Hnglish lady ami has one child, a son. I le was fanning in 
1 89 1-92 at Spencer. Iowa, but left for Idaho, or that way, 

Thus we find that Broughton's descendants number about 
twenty. Broughton has had a world of bad luck, and I don't 
know as it is best to say anything more about it. i le was 
married to a second wife in the 80s, but obtained a di- 
vorce afterwards; and not having any home of his own, lie 
spends his winters with one and another of his children. I lis 
permanent address is Harmon), X. \. My mother says he 
is a jovial lellow ami adapts himself wonderfully to any and all 
circumstances; which is the true way to happines 

Broughton, in speaking of earl)' childhood days, says: b, l 
do not recollect there ever being company to see Grandmoth- 
er Amy when we children couldn't go into grandmother's 
room My oldest sister slept with her a good deal and was a 

great favorite of hers. And in fact I did not know Betsy 
ever misbehaved any there. She was the most obedient girl 
I had in my schools, i recollect of but one instane when Bet- 
sy did not go to her meal. Something displeased her and she 
was pouting, and grandmother said to her, "I guess Betsy is 
going to have pout pie for dinner." She sat, 1 am inclined to 
think, on the Step of the stair mentioned. At any rate, she 
sat there for a long time and finally spoke up and said, 'il I am 
going to have any pout pie, 1 want it, for 1 am hungry.' We 
all laughed heartily to think she never knew what pout pie 
was. 1 know perfectly Well they used sometimes to call Betsy 
'Brought No. 2. She; resembled me more than any the rest 
of the children, in complexion and build. 

Father was always down on drunkenness and unchaste per- 
sons, arid being so radical on these perhaps is why he was 
never elected justice of the peace. Betsy is wrong about fa- 
ther building the house 1 was born in, for Grandfather Green 
built it and it cost more, I think, than he thought it would, so 
that when father took the property he assumed some debts 
and was to support the parents. 

Father always thought very much of his mother, and she 
did of him and his children. Grandmother Green was an ex- 
traordinary good woman, and quite well educated. She was 
in her day what was called a noisy Methodist; dressed plain, 
but her apparel was always made of good material. A com- 
missioner of deeds came to our house, and after grandmother 
had signed her name, the officer said there was not a female 
school teacher in town that could write her name as well as 
: he had written hers. 

There is only one apple tree left now of the orchard that 
father set out in l 840, the orchard that he wrote to his broth- 
er Charles about, in your old letter ot that day. 

Broughton says: "When my grandparents left Connecticut, 
1792, and were packing up their things, her brother was pres- 
ent and presented her with a book containing Wesley's ser- 
mons, and said to her, 'Amy, don't let your children tear this 
up, but read it; it may prove of great benefit to you.' She 
told her brother he must think her ungrateful and careless if 
he thought she would care so little lor the gift as that. But 


when they had got to Steuben and were unpacking their 
things, she took the book out of the box or trunk and laid it 
on the floor. One of her children, unobserved, crept up and 
got the book, opened it and tore out the fly leaf that her and 
her brother's names were written on. Grandmother said that 
she cried, but that did not restore the leaf. She afterward 
wrote her and her brother's names in the back part, and I have 
the book yet; old fashioned print, s's like an f. Grandmother 
took to reading the book and said it made: her wise unto sal- 
vation, for in a short time she experiencijtl religion, and from 
that .time until the day of her death her home was the horn*; of 
any Methodist preacher who came that way, and her death 
was the death of a christian, which amounts to life everlasting, 
for being dead she liveth, and her children rise up and call 
her blessed." 

They used to keep a hotel in an early day. Grandfather 
Green used to be a pettifogger, and so did his son Ezra. 

Children of Thero.n Green. 

Grove Winter Green, born at Sacketts Harbor, N. V., June 
10. 1808. 

Louiza Ann Green, 18 14, 

Maryline Green, 18 16. 

Louiza Ann must have died young, as no mention is made 
of her in recent correspondence. 

Cousin Mary seems to have settled at Springfield, Ohio, 
and married Mr. Ingersoll. She is now a widow with one 
son, Grove T. Ingersoll. 

Grove VV. Green is a self made man, who early in life had 
to depend upon his own exertions for his fortune. Quoting 
from a letter written me last year by himself, then in his 85th 
year, nearly blind in one eye and the vision of the other im- 
paired, he says: "Born in Sacketts Harbor, my first pants put 
on me at Ashtabula; O., back to Sacketts I larbor before 1 was 5 
years old. I have lived in Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and On 
tario counties, New York, and Eranklin, Ohio. Kingston, 
Canada, and Granideer Island, half way between Canada and 
the States before I was 21. I lived one winter in Uncle 
Charles' family at liloomilcld. 

I knew but little <>f Grandfather Ezra's family. Mary and I 

have often heard him repeat the saying that he had Dutch or 
Hollander blood in his veins; hut that would not be in the 
\yay of his bein^ an I/Aiglishman When 1 was 21 I settled in 
Springfield; afterwards J married Elizabeth Watson. 

1 was one of the survey party that helped run oft the coun- 
try near Atchison, Kansas, in 1855 into Townships six miles 
square, i came home from California in 1851. 

Kk.mskn, July 18, 18-11. 

My Much Ki:si-i:r.TEi) Cousin: 

Although you are almost an entire stranger to me, I can remember 
01 seeing you uuly once in my life, yet I esteem it not a privilege but a duty to 
write for the sake" or relations and friends. 

Grandmother wished me to write to you. She said Uncle Eleazer received 
your letter last winter; in it we read the death of your father and a request to 
know how old your mother was when she died. 

She was born September 24, 1771), departed this life September 13, 1820, aged 
forty-one years. 

Grandmother is now 82 years old. She is able to walk as far as Uncle Sellick's 
but has not walked as far as our house for more than a year. She enjoys com- 
fortable health for a person of her age. 

Uncle Eleazer and family are in good health. Uncle Sellick's are well, and 
those that are men are doing well; Charles, his oldest son, is in partnership 
with J. ester Fowler, a merchant; George, his second son, is married. He is 
also a merchant. 

Uncl« Bohan Smith's family are all well, all married except Lucy. Uncle 
Ezra's are all well excepting Aunt Melissa, she has been sick more than a year. 

1 suppose that you have heard that Aunt Clannda died last summer. Uncle 
Miller was married last November, I think, and Cousin James was married last 
March, so that there has been a great change in that family in less than a year. 

As it respects our family, we are all well. One of my brothers lives in Lyden, 
iny sister Elizabeth is in Boonvillo teaching school. Two of my brothers are 
at home. We had the misfortune to have our mill burned one year ago last 
March. Last summer we built another, it is much better than the old one. 
One of my brothers is busy in it all the time; the other is employed on the 
farm. 1 am teaching school in this district, and board at home. I have taught 
school most of the time since 1 was sixteen. I am now twenty-four years old. 

My dear cousin, 1 often think of you and the few cousins and friends that I 
have in the far west, and compare your situation with ours. You are in Mich- 
igan, Uncle Theron's two children are in Ohio, Grove and Mary; Uncle Charles 
and family are also there. 

There are live of Grandmother's children living near enough to each other 
that they can see each other every week Uncle smith's children, three of 
them, live within three miles of us; Cousin Urania lives about 50 miles from 
here, but we see her mice and sometimes twice a year. Three of Uncle Sellick's 
children live at the north, but visit Kemsen once a year. 

Uncle Miller's children visited us last winter, Matilda, Betsey and James, 
but those friends which live in the west, we never can see. I never saw any of 
Uncle Charles' children and perhaps never shall; but we can write to each oth- 
er I should be glad to hear from you once a year, at least. I had a letter from 
Cousin Mary last winter. She and Cousin Grove live m Springfield, Clark 
county, Ohio. Tiny were well, and doing well there. 

\\ e have had a very dry season this summer. Everything is very backward. 
Flour is 8>5 or $i) a barrel, corn t> s a bushel. We have one yoke of oxen, three 
cows, a four year old colt which we brought up by hand, as its mother was kill- 
ed when the colt was a lew hours old. 

Give my love to your wife; accept of mother's best respects and wishes. 

This from your affectionate cousin. Amy C. I'liELl'.s. 
To Alpheus Wooster. 

Ludlow, Sunday Morning, October 12th, 1802. 
Ei.ias Grkkn, 

Dkak Siu:— 1 found yesterday, on my return home from Europe, 

yours ol September 3d. Mrs. II. and myself with Miss Elisabeth (.'an Meld have 
spent the last four months in England, France, .Switzerland and Germany. 
Have been all well and enjoyed our visit much, and returned pleased with our 
journey. But I am much grieved at the turn the affairs of the war have taken 
since I left home last June. Then our armies were all advancing and victory 
crowned all our efforts. 1 had been in the gun boat fleet before Island No. II), 
and at the surrender of it; then feeling fatigued, and believing as 1 did then 
that the war would soon be over, I concluded to take a respite; and done so, 
much to ray benelit. 

Vow brother, J. 1\ Green, called on Mr. Canlield, and said that he was in the 
service of the government, though I did not see him. As regards your son in the 
1U1 liegt. Ohio Infantry, as yet I have not had tune to learn of his wherea- 
bouts, but when I do 1 shall loose no opportunity to see him. I rejoice to see 
with what alacrity our youths and even old sires respond to the calls and rush 
to the rescue of our country. I am sorry to learn of the death of your brother 
Chauncey, though it is what I expected, as all my experience teaches that the 
doctrine of spiritualism produces melancholy, early decay, premature old age 
and death. 

Miss Cyntha Munson, Mrs. Iloffner's niece, went with us and spent the sum- 
mer with her mother in Connecticut, near Litchfield. She has a sister there 
who is lately married, and a brother in the army under Bumside. Mrs. II off - 
ner has three sisters; each lias an only son, and the three sons are enlisted in 
the war as three year volunteers. Xone as yet hurt, as we have heard from 
them recently. All" my brothers are too old to go to war, but have many neph- 
ews in the service; and worst of all, I had one, the son of my niece who lives in 
Kentucky, joined the rebel army under Buckner, and he was killed in the bat- 
tle of Fort Donaldson. I only regret that, he died in so bad a cause. 

This leaves us well, and also Mr. Canlield and family. 

\\ it h kind regards, I remain, Truly Yours, 


Homer, Tekre-Bonne-Farisii, Louisiana, Sunday, July 27, 1845. 
Respected Brother: 

Yours of the 2d inst has just come to hand, as has also a letter from 
Chauncey, at Obcrlin, of June 21st, and right glad was 1 to get them too, being, 
except the one from you in December last, the first that I have received from 
any of you since March 21, is II. Previous to my gelling these my feelings had 
become somewhat alienated from the family, and would have, been more so, 1 
think, if I possessed a little more of that "Uucle Fleazer" (Leeze) disposition 
which mother used to charge me with so often. But 1 find I was most too rash 
in suffering myself to be displeased with not hearing from you, as one letter, at 
least, has been written by Chauncey which I have not received. Hereafter I 
hop,. you will lehirui and think of me once iii three months at any rale. 

1 have nothing Important to write at this time, bt-ilig but a lew days since I 
wrote tu Caih.s. My health Is tolerable good; have been over heated three or 
four times since the middle of June, but by stopping work two or |h rev days, I 
get coolod off so as to commence again, liming the rest of the summer my 
work will be in the shade where I think I can stand it a little belter. 

I have changed my situation, as you will barn by my letter to Carlos, which 
he has probably received before this time, from Napoleonville oil Kayou ha 


ny leaving i hat 
paid me n'.Mi y^ry 

2 9 

lourche lo Homer, on 15a)ou TeSre Bonne. The reason 
place was Hie poor prospect nf getting my pay. Col. Sparks 

Irankly. for the linllwu monins, which 1 believe lie did only' as an iiiJuceineiit 
lor me to work on through the year. Ml had qui him then 1 should liave 
none well 1 soon learned that his workmen seldom got their pay without dif- 
ficulty. 1 sel tied with him, taking his note for what was then due me one 
hundred and nine dollars, payaole on demand, which is not 
and I fear will never be worth a dollar to me. After beii 
live weeks, 1 commenced work here on a plantation for 
lorty dollars per month. Have worked aboui two and a hall months 
time will be out 111 one and a half months more, after which. I think 1 shall be 
in the vicinity of this place or near where I was 111 the winter. 1 am no! doing 
as well as 1 expected when 1 first came to the country. Whether 1 slay anoth- 
er year or not is quite uncertain. This is an expensive country for a man to 
live in unless he is in good bus ness. I have thought some of attempting to be 
an overseer next year, if I can get a situation, but shall not unless I conclude 
to stay in this country three or four years. 

I am living with the overseer, whose house, as on all plantations, is situated 
at one end of the row of Negro houses; have a room to myself, and everything 
convenient; no other companions than the overseer and the Negroes- see a li° 
tie fun occasionally, and a Negro "hauled" 
a while. 

worth .")(» per cent., 
ig on expenses about 
- Sample, at 

up to the post and whipped once 

Aligators plenty! Bayou full of them; catch pigs, ducks and geese frequent- 
ly. Last Sunday one was found under the stable, about ten feet long and 
'twas a jolly sight to see thirty or forty "Niggers" with poles and handspikes 
run the old settler out and surround him. That, "pig chase" in the old Huron 
Institueyard wasn't a primary to it, at all. 

A few words as to the last letter. I am sorry that there is a disunion of feel- 
ing witli your neighbor and relative opposite. Have confidence enough in me 
to let me know all about it in your next. 

Chauncey's letter which you spoke of his having written in the spring, I have 
never received, nor any other from him than the one from Oberlin, of June 21 
The most of that was filled with a medical lecture which was very' acceptable 
He's getting up in the world. I think. If he gets too high remind him of the 
time he used to eat so much mush and milk as to sit down in the corner and 
cry with the "belly ache." (Don't let him see or hear this remark.) He wanted 
to know if I could loan him any money this fall, which is not probable. 

shall write him in a few days. 1 wrote to him in May at , which it 

seems, by his letter, he has not received. (Jive my best respects to Sister Mary 
and accept the same to yourself. EzitA Okkk.v ' 

Chauucey says Carlos talks of going to the west. Tell him not to go 'till lie 
lias enough to buy some land. If he wants to leave home, to learn the carpen- 
ter trade and come to this state; it is the best trade a man can have here. One 
year spent in learning is nothing. Tell Mr. Lov that there will he but little 
work in the country here during the winter season, planters all being busy in 
gathering tlieir crops, cannot spare any hands to help a carpenter make im- 
provements. In the city wages will be from two to two and a half dollars per 
day until January and perhaps longer, depends upon the number of workmen 
who come in from the north. A man ought to stay three or tour years to make 
anything in this country. Urge upon Carlos the importance of the advice giv- 
en on page two. Send papers often to Terre-Honne Parish, La. K. (;. 

The sister Mary means my own mother. Ezra died about two weeks later, 
and was buried there. 

Junk, 1893. 

These addresses are given tor convenience. In some cases I have hail to 
guess at ! lie age, ami smne may have changed t heir residence since I last heard. 

Family Brunch of Clarincla Miller. 

Mrs. Matilda I'luinh. aye 88. Locust Grove. Lewis county. \. Y. Lives 

with her daughter, Mrs. Eairchild. Postmistress. 

Mrs. Marv Plumb Gould, tlT. ITT North State street. Chicago, III. 

G. II. I*, Gould, 50, Lyon Falls. Lewis county, ttew York. 

Family Branch of Lucy Wooster. 

Samuel Church Wooster, age 88, Care of his niece. Mrs. Urania Wooster 

Donovan,. South Lynn, Oakland county, Michigan. 

Mrs. Crania Donovan, age 67, South Lyon, Michigan. 

Marv Estella. her daughter, age 17, South Lvon, Michigan. 

Villiam li. linsetibark, 37, (leneral Manager of the Chicago. St. P & K. 

C. It. II.. Pheirix Building, Chicago, III. 

Mat hail Wooster, 54, South Lyon, Mich. 

Three married children living near. 

Mrs. Nancy Wooster [I or ton, 58, and two married daughters, 

Diamondale, Raton county. Mich. 

Family Branch of Theron Green. 

Mrs. Marv Green Ingersoll, 77, No. 12 West Columbia St., Spriuglield. Ohio, 

drove Winter (Jreen, 85, No. IN llut/er St., Spriuglield, Ohio. 

(•rove T. Ingersoll, "><), Spriuglield, Ohio. 

Mrs. T. .Jennie Walters, 53, Hox 558, Omaha, Neh. 

Mrs. Laura Ilelle Eayres, :I2, Omaha, Neh. 

Earnest W. Walters, 30, Omaha, Neb- 

Edward II. Walters. 26, Omana, Neh. 

Grace Lenore an adopted daughter, 5, Omaha, Neh. 

Mrs. .1. C Billman, 50, Nebraska City, Neh. 

Son Ilobert Pillman, 30, graduate of a Connecticut College, and on editorial 

stall of Nebraska City Daily and Weekly Press, Nebraska City, Neh. 

Theron Watson (Jreen, 44, London, Madison county, Ohio. 

Mrs. Ida (ireen Walton, H, Dayton, Ohio. 

Family Branch of Betsy, Smith. 
Mrs. Alsamena Smith Owen, 70, Hem sen, Oneida county. New York. 

Son -A. II. Owens, 45, N. V. State Mnildiug, World's Fair Grounds, IK'.W, 

Chicago, Illinois. 

Family Branch of Urana Canfield. 

.Jacob Homier, age ill, husband of Sarah Can lie hi, (deceased). Station "Cum- 
monsville," Cincinnati. Ohio. 

Mrs. Cyntha A. Munsoi. Wood, 49, No. 171 West 47 St. New York City. 

Family Branch of Sellick (ireen. 
E. 1\ (Jreen, 30 Minneapolis, Minn. 

Family Branch of Salley Phelps. 

Chandlcy L. Phelps 82 Alder Creek. Oneida enmity, New York. 

Nathan O. I 'helps, age58, Uemscn, New \ o r k. 

Family Branch of Charles Green. 
Mrs. Alice Green i 74, wife of late Carlos Green, East Norwalk, Huron Co o 

v Ann (.._eei,. ii7. wife of late Elias (Jreen, Wakeman, Ohio'. 

Lyndon, i)»»gv count v, Kansas. 

W hile Ko.x, Huron county, Ohio. 

tVakeman, Ohio 

White Fox, Ohio. 

.Mrs. Mary Ann Eletcher, 30; Mrs. Ilessie Delamater, 27, and Carlos'"/ J reen.'S" 
,, ■-.. ,, Wakeman. Olno 

Mrs. Electa Green Swain, 43, 41^ Nth Ave. South East, Minneapolis, Miuu 
\ is. Klla .swain Ash worth, SB, 209 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis Minn' 

I barles L. .swam, 23; Hol.eit A. Swain, 11, 413 11th Ave. S. E. Minneaoolis 
Eugene ( liauneey Hull, l'.t, Lincoln Avenue, Toledo Ohio' 

Mrs. .Josii.heneOiecn Webster, 12; Carlos (Ireen Webster. 21; N'orwalk 
Mrs. Katie Green Uooo\31; Har-y (Jreen Hood, IS. East Norwalk Ohio' 

( harles A ex,s Green.33, p„ rt Myers, Lee county, Florida. 

\Ji he II. Green 33 Marshall Texas. 

Amiee E. Green Graham, 27, Galveston. Texas. 

Mary Alice Green, 2.5; \\ lnmfred llelle (Jreen, 20; Norman Harbour (Jreen, IT), 

Lyndon, Kansas. 
White Kox, Huron county, Ohio. 

Charles K.Grei 
Mrs. Ileusie K. Morris, ||, 
David K. (ireen, 40, 
Gershatu S. (ireen, 34, 
Ezra L. (ireen. 32, 

Maurice Klias I). (Jreen. 

. Family Branch of Ezra Green. 

Mrs. Matilda ureen, !»3, wife of Ezra (ireen, Trenton, New York. 

Mrs. Susan Melius, (><>, and four married sisters, all daughters of Ezra (ireen, 

Trenton Falls, Oneida county, N. V. 

Family Branch of Eleazer Green. 

Silas Kent, 83, brother-in-law of Kleazer (Jreen (deceased), Hemsen, N. Y 

Itroughtoii White (ireen, (X, Harmony, Chautauqua county New' York 

Mrs Uetsy Smith ITurlbul.flO, Oentralia, Xetnaha coiinty, Kansas' 

Mrs. Amy Church Palmer, 54; Kleazer (Jreen, 17, Jamestown, New York 

Wesley 15. (ireen, Id, Stint, of construction Great Northern Railway Line 
Pacific Extension, Kalisnel, Missoula county, Montana 

William Kleazer (Jreen, 30, Spencer, Clay county, Iowa. 

Later removed to Idaho, or west. 
Eleazer Smith, 30, Findlay, Ohio. 

Fred 15 Falmer, 20, .Jamestown, .V. Y 

Edward J. (Jreen, lit; Ella Green, 17, and Clara (Jreen, 14, .Jamestown N Y 

In conclusion, at this date, after printing \o pages, 1 would 

say to the many kinspeople who will read' this pamphlet, ana 
perhaps be disappointed because the)' have not beert written 
of more, and who find errors in what 1 have compiled, that 1 
have done just the best that I could with the material at hand. 
and have tried to be impartial 1 do not wish to make any 
one feel unpleasant toward me. I presume after the ap- 
proaching visit, and reunion of the lizra Green family at 
Remsen, July 4th and 5th, which I expect to attend, that there 
will be many corrections and a great deal more history to be 
written, which can be added on to the back of this pamphlet. 
Some one had to make a beginning, lest we loose traditions 
handed down to us; and while 1 have not put all I have into 
print, 1 do this much now, as a memorial to our honored an- 
cestors, Ezra and Amy Church Green. And the credit be- 
longs principally to Broughton W. Green. 

ClIAKI.KS R. Grkkn, 
Lyndon, Kansas, June 24, 1893. 

Revolutionary Grand-parents, 





; To the descendants oi our 
Ezra and Amy Church Green 


As secretary of the "Ezra Green Family Association,'.' ln,^! 
conformance with instructions at their late Reunion at Tren-J^ 
ton and Remsen, Oneida county, New York, July 4th to 6th,~*| 
1893, it becomes my duty to send out a report of the proceed-^ 
ings of said 'meeting, and such other printed matter as is *% 
deemed necessary. 

The call for the Reunion of the Greens and their descend- 
ants was made in a general invitation two years ago, for allv 
old settlers of Remsen, and school pupils of Broughton Green 
to meet the 4th and 5th of Jul)'. Of old settlers the call was 
to the Roots, Kents, Greens, Teffts, Jones and others. 
Broughton W. Green spent some weeks prior to the date in 
having notices and invitations sent out far and near, putting 
him to considerable trouble and expense, for which, so far, he*>^ 
has only our heart-felt thanks. 

At the gathering the descendants of Ezra Green resolved 
themselves into an organization, and propose hereafter to be. ; t| 
independent in their meetings, and strive to preserve the,'J| 
history of its ancestors, as shall be revealed in the coming" 

On July 4th Broughton Green held a very sociable reunion 
of his old friends and school pupils at Bion Kent's grove, 
some five miles north of Remsen. A number of th* Green ^ 

they were introduced to each oth- 

descendants being present 

er and called upon to assist in the general exercises of the oe- 
Owen Evans, of Remsen 

an old pupil, officiated as 


president of the day, 

President Evans read the letters of regret received. They 
were all full of memories of bygone days, and interesting. 
Those sending them were C. G. Root, Minneapolis, Minn : 
H. G. Bullock! North Western; .Parker W. Tefft, Kensing 
ton, 111.; Mrs. Jane Jones Lloyd, Oswego; H. O. Jones. Clin V- J 

Enelewood. 1 

ton, Iowa; Miss Austis Tefft. 

C. White, M. D., Rochester. N. Y., B. D 

III; Mrs. Cyntha A. Wood. New York City; Mrs 

Mix neeJAnn Evans, Rochelle, 111., and' David H 

Chicago, Illinois. 

, Mrs. Miranda^ 
Root, Chicago, I 

George •■a^r 



■ . 34 

After the letters were read, a recess of one hour was an- 
nbanced, when all- present formed themselves into small.. 
groups and partook of lunch. Everybody was in a remines- , 
cent mood and the stories recited of the days at school when 
Mr. Green taught were many and thoroughly enjoyed. Sev- 
eral had brought with them to show friends, old relics, some 
of them very old and of historic interest. John R. Price had 
a horn handled, three bladed knife, which had been the.- prop 
erty of Baron Steuben, a silver spoon, which had been pre- 
sented to Kzra and Amy Green when they were married in 
Litchfield. Conn., in 1776, was exhibited by Charles R. Green, 
of Lyndon. Kansas, and was the subject of much interest to 
the representatives' of the Green family present. The oldest 
relic shown, however, was that of Silas Kent, of this village, 
which was an old fashioned cane bottomed arm chair, which 
had been the property, of John Kent, of pre-revolutionary 
limes. Another relic shown was an old spelling book which 
had been used in district No. 3, 71 years ago. This was the$ 
property of Dwight C. Kilbourn, clerk of the superior court 
Of Litchfield count)-, Conn., who said jocosely in a, speech he 
delivered that he made the journey from his home in Connect- 
icut here purposely to allow his relatives to see this' rare old 

The, noon hour' was then spent in a very happy manner. 
iVv the way, a refreshment booth had been erected on the 
grounds and attendants dispensed lemonade? gratuitously to 
all who desired the cooling beverage. Candies, fruits and 
ire cream were also, to be had. There were swings, too. thatj 
the. .younger folks might enjoy themselves, which they did, 
having a good time. 

Promptly at 1 o'clock I Yes. Evans again called the assem- 
blage to order. The choir sang "My Country, 'tis of Thee," 
.etc! in a truly patriotic patriotic spirit, Miss Susie Hilton pre-' 
siding at the organ, after which, responding to the call of the 
president, Mr. Green ascended the platform and feelingly said 
that it gave him much pleasure to meet again so many of his 
•old pupuls. friends ami relatives, adding in conclusion that In- 
appreciated more thrtn words could express the kindly greet- 
ings and tributes 'of respect, Mr. Green had not a prepared 
■speech and spoke brielly. yet warmly. 

I he next speaker was DwightC. Kilbourn, of Conn., iriand- 
son oi Euraha Green, Mr. Kilbourn possesses a happy man- 
ner and is a pleasing talker, i lie referred humorously to the' 
laughable incidents of the day which . he had observed, and 
paid a glowing tribute to the disrrict schools, remarking that 
from them came Garfield and Hayes, lie also, before" coi-k" 
eluding, suggested that it was Independence day. and with a 
patriotic ardor eulogized our country's Hag— old' glory— which, 
waved in the breeze beside him in honor of the day. ' At the' 
request, of friends he read the following poem composed 'by' 
him while enroute from home. It gives an, account of the: 
trials and emigrations of Ezra Green and is of 


ana is oi great interest 

Erom the old steady habit land, 

Willi people sharp and keen, 
I've come to join this happy band, 

Who are. a wearing o' the Green. 

Erom hilly Bantam, rough and cold, 1 

With lake of silver)' sheen, 
I've come* to greet you.- young and old, 

Who are a wearing o' the Green. 

rrbrn the land of nutmegs wooden, 

I would with you convene. 
And eal your cakes and "piuklen," • 

While yoVrtia wearin o' the Green; 

What made our father move a,way? 

"lis very strange I ween, 
That they should from the homestead stray, 

While a wearing o' the Green. 

What made old Ezra emigrate? 

lis plainly to be seen : 
1 le wanted room — a larger state — 
For those a wearing o' the Green. 

And so he left the Beth'lem hill, . 

No fairer e'er was seen, 
With rippling brook and busy mills, 

All clad in living Green. 



*And while he fit thi Britishers. 
And came out lank and lean, 
Starved in prison by those wicked curs, 
Who don't like wearing o' the Green. 

He doubtless thought to Vet away 
From them all slick and clean; 

So we would celebrate the day, 
By a wearing o' the Green. 

And so among these fertile meads. 
He pitched his tent between, 

And raised the very choicest breeds, 
For a wearing of the Green. 

And here he lived 'till very old. 

With truly solemn mein, 
In summer's heat and winter's cold, 

While a wearing o' the Green. 

He was, no doubt, a man of prayer. 

His wife a very queen, 
A Church with him was ever there. 

While bringing up the Green. < 

The glorious tlag of stars and stripes, g 

Of course, he'd often seen. 
For he suffered back of prison bars, 

But not for wearing o' the Green. 

He little thought, I'm very sure. 

Of seeing such a scene, 
Or that he'd need an August cure, 

While a wearing o' the Green. 

1 s'pose there's been some mighty men, 
Sprung from this ancient Green, 

There may be one, there may be ten. 
All Wearing o' the Green. 

May we all meet some future day, 

Tho' ages intervene. 
,.And greet again this blest array, 

Redeemed by wearing 6', the Green, : 

Following the reading- 1 of the poem Richard J. Thoma; 
made a characteristic address and a poem discriptive of Mr. 
Green as a teacher, which was well received. 

Others who delivered brief addresses were fabez H. [ones. 
of.l'tica; John R. Price, of this place; C. R. Careen, of Lyndon, ;.;. 
Kansas, a nephew of Broughton Green; and the venerable? 
Silas Kent, of this village, all of whom expressed sentiments 
Highly enthusiastic of Mr. Grenn. 

President Evans, in calling upon the several gentlemen 
mentioned to ascend the stage and speak, made appropriate 
remarks, performing the duties of his office to the satisfaction 
of all present 

After the choir hail sung, "When we gather at the river." 
Prof. F. V Kent, of Boonville, delighted the gathering with : 
an instrumental selection, admirably executed, 'which conclud- 
ed the exercises of the day. 

Among those present from a distance, besides Dwight C. 
Kilbourn. clerk of the- superior court of Litchfield count}', 
Conn., Jabez Jones, of Utica, and Charles R. Green* of Lyn-v$ 
don, Kansas. • cousin of Mr. Green, whom we have already;^ 
mentioned, were 1 larvey Phelps, of Carthage, Chandley L. >v >t,< 
Phelps, of Alder Creek, Mr and Mrs, Wheeler, of Boonville, ' 

gret suggest, in vita- 

and many others. As the letters ol 

tions had been sent to all of the old students who could be 
located, ft was interesting to observe that four generations': 
of the Kent family were represented, and Silas Kent, theold-gj 
est descendant living.. who is in his 87th year, and hale- and' 
hearty, seemed proud of his years. 

A brief sketch of Mr. Green's ancestors may lie of interest." 
Many years ago there were in the Green and Church fami- 
lies a large number who were successful teachers and patnjul 
ots. They.?. were of the noble Puritan stock who settled at' 
Bethlehem. Connecticut. Samuel and Sarah Church were 
the great grand parents of B. W. Green. Joshua Church, a 
son of Samuel and Sarah Church, was a captain in the. revo- • 
lutionary army, and Ezra Green, grandfather of B. W. Green,' 
was also a soldier of the revolution. Eleazer Green, the far, 
ther of B. W. Green, was born in the town of Steuben, where 
his father settled on the removal from Connecticut in. 1S96 - 
,-He subsequently moved t > the northern part of the town of 

3 s 
Remsen, and there lived with his family until 1847, when he 
removed to Steuben and there resided up to the time of .his.,-' 
'death, September 11, 1884. His wife, Silvina Kent, was a 
sister of Chester G- and Silas Kent, of Remsen. and was an ; 

estimable lady. Eleazer Green, though a farmer by occupa- ■ 

tion, commenced teaching when 19 years of age. His son, 2 

Brpughton W. Green, after struggling hard to secure an edu-$* 
cation, commenced to teach in 1844-45. He was- so success-'- 
'ful that he followed his vocation for several years, teaching 1 
in the covered bridge district in 1845-46, and in the Kent dis- 
trict in 1849. Besides being successful in teaching his pupils 
he also succeeded to a remarkable degree in securing their / : /fe§ 
good will and regard as was shown by the addresses made;.- 
and letter read at the reunion. 

According to arrangements, descendant of the old settlers ', \ 
gathered at the hotel of Adam Griffith. Trenton, on the morn 
ing of July 5th. With the exception of Silas Kent and daugh- 
ter, Bion Kent, of Honnedago, Chester Kent, of Meriden, . ' 
Connecticut, Mrs. A. B. Osgood and mother, Mrs. M. F; 
Tufts, of Verona, New York,, the half hundred or more indi- 
viduals present were the Green descendants, and as the cor- 
respondent of the Utica Daily Gazette made a report in his 
paper, we copy it verbatim; 



* One of the oldest and best known families, -and one whose 
history is closely- identified with Remsen's prosperity, is the, 
Green family. For nearly a century the various members of 
this family have lived in Remsen and the surrounding sections, 
and have contributed materially to the advancement of the 
town. The first member of the family from whom those now" 
livin<>- trace their genealogical history, was Ezra Green, born 
in Bethlehem, .Connecticut in 1754. In '79.' with his wife/ 
Amy Church Green. Ezra Green moved to Remsen and set- 
tled'near where the town line of Steuben now is. To Ezra 

'. and Amy Green ten children were born, the children and 

• •rand children of whom were present at the reunion yesterday; 

. * 3<3 . 

The several branches of the family include the Greens, Rents', 
Tufts, Phelps, Smiths, L'renchs, Rootsand Dodges, nearly ev- 
ery one of which had some representative present yesterday^? 
The reunions were first commenced at the suggestion of 
Hroughton W. Green, one of the oldest and most prominent.' 
of the living- members of the family. 

i he members of the family held "two meetings yesterday. 
one in the morning at Trenton, and the other in the afternoon, 
at Remsen. Those who came to the Griffiths hotej in Tren-*. 
ton were most representatives of the Kent. Green and Root 
branches. At this meeting a letter was read showing the ser-. 
vice of Kzra Green, the facts for which had been gather- : 
edfrom the records on file in the office of the war department. 
It showed that Kzra Green, the grandfather of B. W.Green,-* 
and the progenitor of the family, had been a regularly enlisted, 
soldier and active participant in the revolution. He enlisted 
in 1775 as a private in Captain David. Hinman's company, of 
Colonel Hinman*s regiment, and served till November, 1775,:' 
• At the beginning of 1776 he joined Colonel Phillip Bradley's 
rrgiment, "serving six months. In 1777 he enlisted in Colo-? 
he] Mosely's regiment, and after being mustered out of ser-. 
vice here, he again re-enlisted under Captain Hinmanat Dan-' 
burv, Connecticut. For this service the goverment in 1&3-H 
granted an annual pension of $47. oS to his widow, Amy 
Church Green. 

Other letters were read by lion, 1). C. Kilbourn, of Litch- 
field, Connecticut, relating to the condition of the family 40 
♦and 50 years ago. The following were elected officers of the 
family organization: President, Broughton W. Green, Har- 
mony, N. Y.; Secretary, Charles R, Green, Lyndon, Kansas. 
Before taking the 1:30 i\ m. train, for Remsen, the members' 
of the family were; serenaded by the Trenton 1. O. O. Iv 

band. • 

The Remsen meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Alse- 
mena Owens. This was chiefly a social gathering, and the 
■ members passed their time in telling anecdotes relating to the 
"family. During the. afternoon a pamphlet of about forty pa- 
i-es containing" a genealogical sketch of the family was pre- 
sented to those present. It was compiled by Charles R. 
Green, of Lyndon, Kansas, and gives brielly and concisely a 


history of the 'descendants of Ezra and Amy Green 

Alter the exchange of reminescences and the discussion of 
methods for the promotion of more active interest in the re- 
unions, and after gating the spread prepared for them by 
mrs, Ovyens, the several members separated, voting the re- 
union of 93 one of the most successful that had yet been held. 
Among- those present were: Brbughton W. Green, Harmo- 
■ny; Mrs. Alsemena Owen.. Remsen; Mr. and Mrs. Chandler" 
Phelps, Alder Creek; Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler and son, Boon- 
ville; Harvey Phelps, Carthage; Mrs. Helen Phelps, Alder 
Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Griffiths and family, Mrs. Susan 
I Mealus. Prospejt; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel French, Mrs. Robert' 
Skinner, and family, Trenton; Silas Kent and daughter, Rem- 
sen: Mrs. M. F. Tufts and daughter. Verona; Mrs. C. S. 
/Wood. New York; Chester Kent Meriden, Connecticut; 
Hon. I). C. Kilbourn. Litchfield, Connnecticut; Charles R. 
Green, Lyndon Kansas," 

Before leaving the subject of this July 5th day's proceed--' 
' ings at Trenton. I would remark that the gathering of the ; 
Greens at Trenton first, instead of Remsen," the old' home of 
the revolutionary grandfather, was to accommodate the five 
families living in » and near there, viz: Mrs. Sarah Ann 
French. Mrs. Catharine Griffiths. Mrs. Josephine Skinner, 
Mrs M.aryetta. Rich and Mrs. Susan Mealus, daughters of' 
L/ra Green Jr.. who with their families numbered some 35 or 
40. And the adjourned meeting in the i>. \i. to Uemsen was 
to give the relatives around there an opportunity to come it. 
..Hereafter Remsen will be the place of meeting, and some 
church or public hall be secured so that sessions for business 
can be held at regular hours, once a day during the assem- . . 

At an adjourned session of the Green family; held in Rem- . 
sen July 6, 1893. the following resolutions were adopted: 

Ivksoi.vici), That another meeting of the Green descendants 
be held at Remsen in three years. The month of September 
being the time in the year that so many of our ancestors have , 
gone to join in that grand reunion abrne, we do recommend 
that that month be selected and the date of the month chosen' 
-Avhen the notices are sent out by the secretary in. 1896. 

Ri:soi.vK.n, Thai Lleazer ( ireen, Ksq., of Jamestown,, New 

York, grandson of Ezra and Amy Church Green, of* Revolu- H 
tionary days, in memory of whom this association is founded, 
be asked to prepare and deliver such an address as will be. 
&. suitable to the -occasion. 

Resolved, That pur secretary be authorized to prepare ; and 
1 send forth to every descendant of this family, who have at- 
tained their majority, living- in this United States, a sheet con- j 
taining the proceedings of this meeting of July 4, 5 and 6, 
I 1893, at Remsen and Trenton, the addresses of all adult de- 

scendants, as far as known, and such other printed matter as 
is appropriate and within our means. 

Resolved, That everyone is requested to contribute some-* 
thing in money to defray expenses, and it is the intention of 
this association to publish a history and genealogy of the 
(ireen family in the' near future, we do request that all mate- 
rial in shape of old letters, records, relics and pictures of 
said family be brought forth, and the existence of such arti- 
' cles be communicated to the secretary or president. 
C. U. Green, Secretary. B. W Green, President. 

Lyndon, Kansas. Remsen, New York. 

At the same time and occasion the Kent family association 
resoived that they would hold their reunion at the same place 
Jm and conform to the same date, and that Eleazer Green. Esq., 

whose mother was a Kent, be requested to embody in his ad- 
dress the family history of the Kent family, which for the last 
z 100 years has been so closely united with that of the Greens 
in Remsen. • Silas Kent, President. Remsen, New York. 
• Bion H. Kent, Secretary. Honnedaga. New York. 

The Hoonville Herald gave the use of its columns to any 
and 'all reports that Were made of this Green Family Reunion, 
and arrangement will be made with them when our next meet- 
ing convenes at Remsen in [896 to have a full report, names 
|| of those present and a synopsis of the addresses printed and 
mailed to all who so provide. The following is taken from 
fev*the issue of July 13th. 1893. as being of interest to those who 
■ I -..-■.. wer(jV absent, and giving in a condensed form many facts 
pertaining to the Green family: 


Si'akks From tnfc RecknT Reunion at Rkmskv. ' 

Rkmskn, July 1 2. --Hon. D. C. Kilbourn. who came from 
Litchfield, Conn., found in addition to his Green family par- 
entage that his wife formerly had relatives who made Oneida 
county their home, viz: Isaac Hopper. .He also discovered' 
the beauties of this suburb to the Adirondack region and ex- 
" | pects to return in the near future with his lady for an outing. 
The past week was a great season for old relics, old family 
letters and "Ye olden times" generally. With. I). C. Kilbourn. 
of .Connecticut, and C. R Green, of Kansas, both enthusias- 
tic collectors, and the latter a genealogist, relics were pretty 

;,, ^well brought to the front. We trust that the" Roots, -Rents, 
Thomases. Daytons, Tefts, Mitchells and others of the first 
settlers of the old hills, whose descendants are in the east .and 
west, will favor us with family visits and we will gladly show 
you our antiquities. 
i^.Mrs. Cyntha A. Wood, a lady of high standing and a mem- 

| ber of scientific clubs of New York, who, as great granddaugh- 
ter of Ezra Green, when a girl trod the byways -at Remsen, 

;'. found full scope for her tastes in Botanical research here, and 
we shall not be surprised to see her and her children back to 
spend a summer vacation in'our midst. ' She visited Trenton 
balls, Steuben monument and the country around. ' 

Charles R Green, of Kansas, the secretary; of the 1 Green 
family association, departed Friday westward with a pleasant 
impression of this his first visit in Oneida county, and he has 
improved it well as a collector. He took with him an" old 

| fashioned leather-covered, brass : studdcd trunk, filled with 

* trophies of a week's work in Remsen and Steuben. The 
trunk was presented him by Hon. Chandley L. Phelps, of A I-', 
der Creek, who, fifty-three years ago got it of C. R. Green's' 
father, Elias Green, in Ohio to bring Home hisjtraps in when 
out there in the service of the 'Toledo and Wabash Canal" 
Packet company, a youth of 20 years. 

, Mrs. John |. Owens' home in t Remsen was the scene of 
much activity last week. She is now in her 78th year, a 

' granddaughter of Ezra Green, the proud possessor of Grand- 
mother Am)' Church Green's golden beads and the only liv- 
ing child of I3olmri and lletsy Green Smith living here. Her 


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comfortable home was thrown open to the use of the family, 
descendants, 20 or more being- present the afternoon of the 

When the adjourned meeting at Trenton came to Remsen, 
.'this was also made the home of those from abroad while here, 
and "Cousin Alsemena" got about, as spry as a mother at fif- 
ty. Her son Augustus is absent this summer in an office in 
'.he. New York building at the World' Fain 
,~JThe Phelps family* met at their brother's residence near 
Remsen during the reunion. Harvey Phelps, of Carthage. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler and son Clark, of Boonville, Chand- 
ley L. Phelps and lady, of Alder Creek, and Nathan C. Phelps, 
at whose house they met. Their history is one of interest.- for 
until their sister Amy C. Phelps Morgan's of Carthage, died, 
September. 1892, this family circle of Harvey and SallyGreen 
Phelps' children had been unbroken, Ann's age at death was 
76. The average age of the four remaining is more than 72 
years Nathan is suffering- from a recent stroke of paralysis, 
but recovered enough to enjoy the. visit of kinspeople. 

It is thought by the'secretary. Charles R. Green, of Lyn- 
don, Kansas, thai there are about 380 living descendants of 
. Hzra and Am)' Green, who were; married during the Revolu- 
tionary war, and who in Remsen and Steuben sent ten child- 
ren forth to people the earth 100' years ago. Of the Sally 
Phelps branch there are 36 living* descendants, Kzra Green jr.. 
36. Hohan Smith 44, Charles Green 41.. The six other branch- 
es have not been looked up closely enough to report carefully 

The visiting cousins from abroad were right royally entefr 
tained at Trenton by the Hzra Green daughters the da)- of the 
reunion there.-; Adam Griffiths threw open his hot I and at 
least 30 were seated at the first table and the younger cousins 
|Uid children came afterwards there must have been a score 
"or two. Altogether the. cousin Green' Griffiths made usj very 
welcome. Sarah Ann Green French assisted as did others. 
Then that good. opcnhanded*cousin'-in-la\v. Daniel French. 
took us to view the Trenton Palls, and all the country, around, 
in his carriage, making two trips to Remsen. , 

1 11 W. Green would like to procure a Sanders reader. No. Y 


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According to instructions, in due time I cdmmunicatetl with 
lileazer Green Esq.. of Jamestown, New York. His answer 
as follows, gives the association something deffinite to work -j 


JAMESTOWN, N. Y„ August 2 1, 1893. 

c. r; green, 

Lyndon, Kansas. 

Dkak Sir and Kinsman: 

1 have received yours of recent date containing the 
information that I had been selected to deliver the address at 
the Green and Kent family reunion in September. 1896, and 
containing also the formal invitation to do so. from you as sec- 
retary of the organization. 

I feel much honored by this mark of consideration; and 
would be , indeed ungrateful should 1 decline the invitation 
without a very substantial reason. I, therefore, promise to be 
with you on that occasion, un less Time, who undoubtedly has 
many things in store for me during the three intervening 
years, of which I do not now know, shall then have ordered 

1 trust, however, that you will not expect me to make the 
address of the reunion. I promise, however to say some- 

Again thanking you. and as well those who were with you 
in extending the invitation, I am. 

Very Truly Yours. 


Hroiiciitox \V. Gree'x, Remsen. N, Y. 
President of the Ezra Green Family Association. 

Charles R. Green, Lyndon, Kansas, Secretary 

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